New York Kind of Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Romance
Date of Publication: January 1, 2016
Number of pages: 224
Bright lights, big passion…Excerpt:
Winning an all-expenses-paid weekend in New York with Hollywood's sexiest heartthrob makes Faith Logan the envy of women everywhere. This small-town nurse has too many responsibilities, including caring for her aging parents, to be interested in fame or status. But as the sensual celebrity escorts her to exclusive Manhattan nightclubs and glitzy movie premieres, Faith is falling fast for the genuine, charismatic man behind the slick media image.
More used to fanatics and groupies, Irvin Freeman is surprised and intrigued by Faith's down-to-earth personality. One impulsive kiss turns their private flirtation into public news. But paparazzi and crazed admirers are making her doubt their potential as a couple. Will the pressures of fame cause their love to fade before he can convince her they've found their own real-life happy ending?
“Is this your first vacation since going home?”Guest Post:
She nodded. “It is. I still can’t believe that I won. I only signed up because my friend insisted and because the proceeds benefitted alcohol awareness. I saw so many patients come into the hospital who were suffering from alcohol abuse. Still, I never expected to win the contest.”
“So the possibility of a date with me had nothing to do with you entering?”
She sipped her champagne and gave him a shy look from the corner of her eye. “I will admit the fantasy of it all did have some appeal.”
He raised his brows and chuckled. “Some appeal. Wow.”
“Oh, come on. What do you want me to say?” she asked with a laugh. “That I stayed up every night praying that I’d be chosen?”
“Not quite that, but surely you were somewhat excited.”
“See, that’s the problem.” She pointed a finger at him, but her brown eyes flashed with humor. “You’re used to women throwing themselves at you. This weekend will be good for you.”
“You need a few days with a woman who isn’t trying to get something out of you. I’m more excited about seeing the city, going to a movie premiere and trying on clothes I wouldn’t be caught dead in back home than in seducing the movie star.”
He placed his arm on the back of her chair, making sure to let his hand brush across her shoulders, and moved closer to her. Her eyes widened and her full lips parted with a quick breath before she looked away and finished the rest of the champagne in her glass. She might talk a big game, but Faith was attracted to him as well.
“That’s the third time you’ve said that. Who are you trying to convince?”
“You. I know what you’re up to, sliding close to me and giving me the sexy voice and eyes routine.”
“You think my voice is sexy?” he asked, lowering his voice an octave.
She shook her head and laughed. “Don’t go all Barry White on me.”
“I’d like to go all Irvin Freeman on you,” he said in his regular voice. Though he tried to keep the tone light, some of his seriousness came through.
Her smile faltered, and he saw by the warming of her eyes and the catch of her breath that she heard it.
“Is that what you do with your leading ladies?”
Her soft, sweet drawl slid in beneath his skin and heated his insides. It had gotten thicker with her question. How thick would it get if he were deep inside her?
“What I do with my leading ladies is acting. I’m not acting right now. What I’m thinking and feeling is all real.”
She shifted in her seat. “I don’t believe you.”
“Then believe this.”
He lowered his head and pressed his lips against hers, with enough firmness to let her know he was serious, but lightly enough for her to pull away if she didn’t want the kiss. Her body shook, and her lips parted with a gasp. He wasn’t a man to pass up an opportunity, and he took the chance to deepen the kiss.
He’d never believed in electricity or sparks igniting when a man kissed a woman, but something he’d never felt before happened as he kissed her. His skin tingled, the blood rushed through his veins, his senses heightened to everything around them. The sweet scent of her perfume, the softness of her lips, the way she tasted of champagne, all seemed amplified. And like a man who’d gotten a taste of something he really liked, he dove in for more.
Why I Love Writing Romance
The smile at the end. That’s the reason I love reading and writing romance. All romance novels have a bit of fantasy in them. A man and woman overcoming obstacles to be together. Even though they may not be perfect people, they’re perfect for each other. That’s what makes romance so much fun, and I fully embraced the fantasy of romance when I wrote A New York Kind of Love.
The book is total fantasy. A nurse from a small southern town wins a trip to New York to spend the weekend with a Hollywood movie star. They meet, fall in love, and live happily ever after. I mean how many of us wouldn’t want that to happen?
Well, I’m happily married, so I guess I should take myself off that list, lol. But you get what I’m saying.
Even though I like to embrace the fantasy when I write a romance, I also put in doses of reality. A small town nurse may have a hard time embracing all the hustle and bustle of New York. She’d also have a hard time going from being a “normal” person to the new girlfriend of a big celebrity. Faith Logan, my heroine, struggles with all that. Along with sick parents and a sister suffering from substance abuse. That’s a lot of baggage to bring to a relationship.
My hero, Irvin Freeman, is be a big, Hollywood star, but he has his own struggles. His life is nothing but scheduled appearances and opportunities to promote his latest film. Trusting women is hard because most of the women he meets are only interested in him as a celebrity. He came to America to escape the pain of trying to constantly protect his mother from his father and after struggling in youth, he’s willing to take the constant intrusion on his life as part of the burden of success.
Faith and Irvin have a time trying to make their two very different lifestyles work, but in the end this is a romance and they do. My goal as a writer is to get you to that satisfied, happy smile at the end, and that you believe the story along the way. I hope readers find my characters to be realistic and that you understand their struggle to reach a happily ever after. And, hopefully, after you close the book and smile you take a second or two to fantasize about what happens next for the couple after the end of the book.
Synithia Williams has enjoyed romance novels since she was 13 years old, so it’s no surprise that she began writing her own. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s working on water quality in the Midlands of South Carolina. She lives with her husband, Eric, and two boys.
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